Hey guys, so I went to one of the most anticipated annual culinary event: Festival Jajanan Bango 2018 and this year they chose Park and Ride Thamrin as the main venue for the Jakarta event! I think this marks my fourth year coming to their event as I never skipped their event, and boy I just can't because there are so many things to see and try there, either you're a first timer or a regular to their event, keep reading as I will be sharing my experience to the Festival Jajanan Bango 2018!
It was a Sunday where I, my sister and my cousin went to Basque to have brunch. I personally have been to Basque several times prior to the brunch date here, I normally went with friends after heavy dinner to chill over good cocktails, bar food and music, it's very vibey at night to be frank with you. Quick tip: on weekends it turned to this semi-club where you can meet more people, so if you fancy that kind of crowd, then go on weekend night.

Basque is located in Noble House Mega Kuningan and the restaurant's pretty spacious, open yet intimate in the same time! They have a bar area where people are more than welcome to hang around if they fancy more casual ambiance. Let me take you on a visual tour!
The spacious bar area

This was very refreshing,
Pan Seared Salmon & Bagel Crumble - IDR 130k
Despite the uber simple (and boring) appearance, this was actually VERY GOOD! Salmon was so perfectly cooked and juicy, the cream cheese was spot on texture and flavor, and actually match beautifully with the fresh salmon and bagel crumble (which by the way also gave texture). Should I say it's all about fresh ingredients, simply executed but the natural performance did most of the talking.
Pork Belly and Egg Florentine - IDR 95k
Again, might not be the most tempting looking, but AGAIN this one's SO GOOD! The pork belly was actually pretty generous, thick and juicy, and the fact that they paired the pork belly with poached egg (anyway poached egg game strong I see on their Easter brunch menus) and spinach Florentine was a brilliant idea, and I really think they complement one another beautifully both flavor and texture wise, almost neutralizing the strength of each ingredient and ended harmoniously on the palate.

Prime US Rib-Eye (200 gram) - IDR 350k
Okay this I can't even! Normally I am a classic steak eater and don't fancy saucy steak to be frank with you, but this blew me away, not only for the sauce, but really for everything and how beautifully this dish is executed! The Rib Eye was spot on Medium with fresh, juicy meat, the baked bone marrow was extra but appreciated, it was mixed with mashed potato, layered with Mozarella cheese and baked together for that oozing cheesy goodness and buttery flavor. Really nothing to complain about!
As sweet closure, make sure to have some sweet bites to finish the fabulous brunch! Both dessert has this Tres Leches touch about it that I found simple and appealing, and presented beautifully! If you fancy touch of chocolate and banana then you have to grab the one below but if you want full blown milky dessert, then get the one that looks like orange!
It was a good brunch date that I had in Basque, the food was delicious (even though they look so simple), and not to mention the fresh cocktails! Surely recommended!

Noble House Building 8th fl.
Jl. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gede Agung
Mega Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan 12950
Opening hours: 11 AM-2 AM
Average spending for two: IDR 350k
Dresscode: sporty casual - no sandals


Map for Basque
Following the success of their Apple Pie, McDonald's Indonesia just recently launched their newest addition to the Apple Pie family: APPLE BANANA PIE! In this entry, I am going to make a short and brief review of this particular product, which I believe is going to be trending real real soon!
Excited to share you about this newly opened Korean restaurant in Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) which is currently one of my top favorites in the neighborhood, and it's originated from the ginseng country itself! Ladies and gents, I give you GOOBNE! Korea's uber popular oven-roasted chicken specialist! In Korea alone, they already have more than 1000 outlets, not only can smell some freshly roasted chicken, but money as well! Just kidding HAHA! Their Jakarta outlet is their first South East Asia branch, should we feel honored? hmm...

Anyway for those who are wondering about the pronounciation, if you read "gupne", so far you're right! Big Korean celebrities like Girls Generation (SNSD) were their brand ambassador, following EXO which is their current, I found that it's such a smart move as the KPOP culture is highly influential not only in Korea alone, but most Asian countries, including me several years ago, I was a huge-huge fan of SNSD! #proudSONE

Okay, before you guys start wondering why I keep on referring to "oven-roasted" chicken it's because you'll find nothing but chickens that's cooked in oven roasting method so NONE fried! Being oven-roasted, you can believe that the meals here are a tad healthier than them being fried and lower in calorie too, but maybe not after all the cheesy goodness HAHAHA! When you dine-in you can see their TV commercial in loop, they're showing you the roasting process, seems so delightful.

Rita Shark Blood - IDR 69k
This is actually a very simple drink made from Blue Curacao syrup and berry 'blood' (but sorry I freaking missed the blood action shot since I didn't realize that the blood would come from the shark's mouth as you pick it up), but it's so refreshing and the berry puree really lifted the whole drink's flavor and freshness, sweet without being overly sweet, fresh, fruity, a nice thirst quencher for the day!
Goobne Original
Goobne Deep Cheese - IDR 179k
This was one of the highlight of the restaurant as well as one of the best sellers! The cheese is this mix of cheddar and blue cheese! Don't let the picture fool ya as it's way bigger in real life as this is their real serving portion (equal to one whole chicken), the chickens look fried don't they, but nope they're all OVEN ROASTED (I repeat!), and oh my goodness, the texture and consistency of the chicken is PERFECT! Not greasy, not oily, so freaking tender and fragrant! The cheese powder were generously given but somehow on the right amount for the serving, topping each and every chicken! You know I'm never the biggest fan of blue cheese, but somehow the amount of cheese mixture is spot on: tasty savory with a hint of sweet! If you fancy cheese then this might be what you HAVE TO order here!
Goobne Pepper Crispy - IDR 169k
Now MY FAVORITE! Another highlighted menu and another best-selling menus here, well I mean look at that damn golden crispy (yet moist) chicken, and I can tell you that they taste as beautiful as they look! The coating is crispy and altogether fragrant, the pepper seasoning is almost like this blend of mild pepper and bell pepper but if you want more kick the serving comes with their signature sauce and fresh pickled cabbage, but honestly with seasoning that good I don't need any additional seasoning, maybe I'm always the non-sauce type, because when it comes to food I found that sometimes less is more.
Half and Half - IDR 189k
Their "Half & Half" comes in this pairing that you can customize, I had the Goobne Original and Goobne Volcano, the Goobne Original is literally the original recipe, the base recipe or should I say the 'OG' version of their oven-roasted chicken while of course as most restaurants normally apply, Volcano being the spicy beast! Even though it's less on seasoning, I found that the Goobne Original pretty tasty.
Volcano Cheese Tteobokki - IDR 89k
This dish consist of noodle (curly type), odeng, cabbage, tteobokki, and generous cheese topping (I notice two kinds of cheese in this dish, one being mozarella), the sauce was this mix of sweet and spicy Gokchujang sauce which I found beautiful for this kind of dish, especially since you have the tteobokki and cheese to match! Everyone's take on spicy might differ, but I found this not too spicy, but not exactly the mildest either, the tteobokki was cooked perfectly, hence the beautiful density!
tteobokki and odeng!
Cheese Dak Galbi - IDR 179k
I understand that most of the menus here are meant to be shared due to the portion, and here's another one if you're feeling a bit extra with some cheesy actions! The dish consist of stir-fry chicken marinated with their signature sweet & spicy Gokjujang sauce with toppings like sweet potato, onion, tteobokki and cabbage!

Cheese Fondue Chicken - IDR 189k
When I look at this dish, somehow I believe that this is going to soon be their best-selling menus here not only for the flavor, but the fun of it too, I don't know just something about rolling cheese dishes that's giving me this ASMR feel, just satisfying in a way! For this dish, they're using boneless thigh chicken that's glazed in sweet and spicy sauce, topped with almond and on this three kind of cheese (unmelted when served). The cheese was such a delight to the sweet and spicy chicken, complements one another very well, altogether just as mouthwatering as it looks, scroll for more cheese porn!

None of the food was disappointing, while currently typing this, I am actually craving for their Pepper Chicken and Cheese Fondue Chicken, based on my first visit here, I feel like quality speaks here, and when it comes to quality, rest assure even if the KPOP trend died down as quality means having loyal following, and I believe I am one now. I hope they can keep up with the quality here, while their food might not be the cheapest, but keep it mind most of the food here are meant to be shared! Goobne is defo worth a visit!!!
Goobne Indonesia
Rukan Crown Golf
Kamal Muara, Penjaringan
PIK - Jakarta Utara 14470
021 - 2942 4773
Opening hours: 11 AM-11 PM
Average spending for two: IDR 350k
Dresscode: none


Map for Goobne
Sushi Hiro group just can't stop with the surprises, can they? Following successful ventures like Sushi Hiro, Sushi Go and Santhai, now they're adding Kanpai to the list, and I am pretty sure that they're going to be a hit soon! Kanpai is located just few shops away from Sushi Hiro, both align at Rukan Garden House and should be easily noticeable from the eye-catching exterior and neon lights beaming through the glass! I think the name itself already gave you hint on the concept of this restaurant, yes it's heavy on the Japanese vibe with Sumibiyaki, Izakaya Bar concept!
I just landed back from Jogjakarta, and so excited about writing this blog post for you as it's my first ArtJog experience among their 11th exhibition and I have so many pictures to share to you. Truth be told, I don't have the biggest knowledge in art and I don't wanna act like someone who has a lot to say about something that I don't have deep knowledge about, I might be one of those people who visually enjoys art, but one thing that I am fully aware is that no matter what we do or what craft we made, each and everyone of us has the right to like/dislike certain things, and some may express it in an extreme way, but absolutely not me, because I don't wanna act like a smart-ass, that's why this post will mainly consist of pictures that I took with short captions for some pictures, this time, please enjoy the pictures.
I am typing this post with such joy as the exhibition that I've been wanting to go for so long is now here, in my hometown Jakarta, and yes it's the "Life is The Heart of a Rainbow" by Yayoi Kusama, rumors spread that there would not be anymore of this serie after the last one in Singapore, but clearly it's not true as starting tomorrow until September 9th 2018 everyone's invited to experience "Life is The Heart of a Rainbow" at Museum MACAN Jakarta!!!

Previous entry about Museum MACAN -> click HERE
If you are familiar with the restaurant Mbah Jingkrak and have never heard of the following, then you're on a right entry and time at the moment as I'm about to introduce you one of my favorite Indonesian restaurants in Jakarta, and I have a lot of reasons behind my love.


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If you are familiar with the restaurant Mbah Jingkrak and have never heard of the following, then you're on a right entry and time at ...